Spurs under 23’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Venue: The Lamex stadium
Date: Monday 29 January, kick off 19:00 pm
Live: Keep up to date with the game on the @SpursOfficial Twitter feed.
Head2Heads: 1-0 Southampton.

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Our under 23’s side are in action this evening, Ugo Ehiogu’s side face Southampton at the Lamex stadium in Stevenage. Since their last match on the 13th of January, three key players have been loaned out, including top scorer Shayon Harrison. However, this will allow players to move up from the under 18’s, and I reckon the prime candidates would be Kazaiah Sterling and Jack Roles. With Spurs lingering just above the relegation zone, Ehiogu will be desperate for his side to start turning their recent draws into victories. However, I’m not too concerned about us being relegated as I believe every game gives the players vital experience that will aid their development, and I see that as paramount. I will be in attendance this evening, so I will write a match report that will be published tomorrow. As for Southampton, they currently sit two points ahead of us in eight place, Martin Hunters saints side have some talented players on their books. With Will Smallbone, Olufela Olomola and Llyod Isgrove just a selection of their highly rated players.

Team news: Following the loaning out of Shayon Harrison, Connor Ogilvie and Luke Amos, there will be quite a few changes in the team tonight. I wonder if the absence of Jack Roles and Jaden Brown on Saturday for the under 18’s visit of Chelsea, will mean that they may have been included in the squad this evening. Finally, it would be great to see the talented Marcus Edwards get some game time this evening after a long injury lay off. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Lesniak, Muscatt, Stylianides, Owens, Oduwa, Pritchard, Edwards, Tracey.

One to watch: Jonathan Afolabi. The tall and powerful Irish centre forward is only 16 years of age. but his a real talent and will be potent up front, if he plays this evening.

 

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Spurs 4-3 Wycombe: My thoughts on Saturdays exhilarating cup tie

Spurs 4-3 Wycombe: My thoughts on Saturdays exhilarating cup tie

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83 minutes into Saturdays FA cup fourth round tie against Wycombe at the Lane, the score was two a piece. A second string Spurs side were having a terrible afternoon against the league 2 side, despite drawing level after going two goals down in the first half, Pochettino’s side were shapeless and lacking in direction. After making all three substitutes, Spurs were dealt a blow when Kieran Trippier limped off injured late on. And Gareth Ainsworth’s fearless Wycombe side didn’t alter their approach, the chairboys exposed us on the right wing as Myles Weston surged past Eric Dier before putting in an inch perfect cross which veteran striker Gary Thompson headed into the goal. At this point I was utterly distraught, I couldn’t comprehend the fact that we were only seven minutes away from crashing out of this most special of cups in our final season at the Lane. Of course we didn’t, we fought back to record a dramatic late victory to send the lane into a scene of euphoria, with Pochettino showing great relief at the touch line on the final whistle. The match was emotionally exhausting for both sets of fans, but the elation at the final whistle was something quite special, it really emphasised how important the FA Cup is to the Spurs supporters.

Son’s dramatic late winner in the 97th minute of stoppage time was superb, Son played a one two with Janssen before firing a ferocious effort from inside the box. Son’s powerful effort came off the feet of Wycombe’s Jacobsen before hitting the back of the net. However, I felt bad for Wycombe they were robbed by our premier league stars, the chairboys deserved a replay. We got lucky in the end but our winning mentality got us through the match, we were disappointing. If Pochettino decides to field his strongest eleven in the next rounds, then our name may well be on the cup! COYS

 
My man of the match: Son was by far the best player on the pitch, his tremendous energy and intent going forward was rewarded with two valuable goals. We have a lot to thank him for after Saturdays thriller. Son’s brace on Saturday takes his tally to 11 goals this season.

Mixed results for our under 16’s and 18’s against Chelsea on Saturday:

Mixed results for our under 16’s and 18’s against Chelsea on Saturday:

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Under 18’s: Our under 18’s side lost 3-2 to Chelsea yesterday afternoon at the blues Cobham training ground. John McDermott’s side played well and grew into the game as it went on, but despite their best efforts they couldn’t draw level. Their two late goals all they could manage on the day, Spurs’s goals came from forward Reo Griffith’s and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Up next for our under 18’s side is the rearranged FA Youth cup fifth round tie against Norwich on Thursday.

Spurs U18s: Austin, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c, Skipp 77), Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Duncan, Sterling (Griffiths 58), Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts (Hinds 71). Substitutes (not used): Gonzalez-Velasco, Freeman (GK).

Under 16’s: It was a different story for our under 16’s as they impressively defeated Chelsea 4-2 on Saturday. Forward Jeremie Mukendie netted a brace, whilst Jamie Bowden and Phoenix Patterson also got on the score sheet. An impressive result from a such a talented group of players.

Spurs v Wycombe: (match preview)

Spurs v Wycombe: (match preview)

“We need to forget that it’s a League Two team, it’s 11 v 11 and in one game, a lot of things can happen. If you are right in your mind you can compete and give your best.” (Mauricio Pochettino)

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Spurs return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they face league 2 side Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA cup. It will be a good old fashioned cup tie at the Lane, in what will be one of our last ever cup games at our beloved stadium. This tie has all the hallmarks of a classic cup tie, we go in to the match on an eight match unbeaten run but the visitors are also on a tremendous run of 16 matches unbeaten. The Chairboys will be a tough test, regardless of the huge gulf in class between the two sides, keep an eye out on Wycombe’s talented striker Scott Kashket who is a Spurs fan, him and the physical Adebayo Akinfenwa will provide the defence with plenty to do. I expect us to win this afternoons match in comfortable fashion, the FA cup is a massive, massive part of this club and I’m hoping we march on in to round in style. COYS

 
Team news: Spurs are without Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela through injury. However, all four could be available for Tuesdays league match against Sunderland. I think it’s quite obvious that Pochettino will rotate his squad for today’s match, I reckon Janssen will start up front whilst Nkoudou and Sissoko will also return on the wings. Photographs of Kyle Walker-Peters and Marcus Edwards in first team training were published on Friday, and both are expected to be in today’s match day squad. I’m hopeful that Walker-Peters will start at right back, I can’t sing the youngster praises high enough, he truly is a superb player and he deserves to make his first team debut more than any other player.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Walker-Peters, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Dier, Winks, Onomah, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen.

My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Janssen x2, Sissoko and Edwards.
One to watch: The iconic veteran striker Adeabayo ‘The Beast’ Akinfnewa.

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Previewing our FA youth cup 5th round tie against Norwich:

Previewing our FA youth cup 5th round tie against Norwich:

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Our under 18’s continue their FA youth cup run, with the home visit of Norwich tomorrow evening. The game will be played at Stevenage Boroughs home ground, the lamex stadium, and John Mcdermott’s side will be looking to continue their fine run of form when they face the canaries on Tuesday evening. After two comprehensive victories in rounds three and four, the young Lillywhites haven’t really been tested thus far, although they have been in very good form in the under 18 premier league so far this season. Tomorrows match will provide a stern test for this talented group of players, Norwich have a good academy set up and have some talented players in their ranks. Left winger Glenn Middleton is a real talent, I saw him play against our under 21’s side at the Lane last season, the then schoolboy was superb on the wing his a really tricky winger and a big prospect. In addition, striker Benny Ashley-Seal is another one to watch, along with Middleton he has featured in the canaries under 23 side this season and will provide a threat up top. However, our under 18’s side are one of the best in the country and I feel as if they have the ability to go all the way this year, and get their hands on the trophy. The last time Spurs won the FA Youth cup was in 1990, after defeating Middlesbrough 3-2 on aggregate.

Players that were part of that victorious youth team include, Ian Walker, Warren Hackett, Neil Smith and Scott Houghton. Our current youth side are a real joy to watch, they play fast attacking football. This team has so much talent and it would be brilliant for the club as well as the players, if they could go all way in this most prestigious of youth competitions. Norwich will be a tough test, our under 18’s have already lost 3-2 to them this season however, I reckon we have enough quality to progress to the quarter finals. I will be at the match tomorrow evening however I’m hoping that tomorrows match will go ahead. Youth matches at Colchester united and Dagenham and Redbridge’s ground were postponed today due to a frozen pitch, fingers crossed that won’t be the case tomorrow. COYS
My team prediction: Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Tsaroulla, Marsh, Duncan, Shashoua, Roles, Griffiths, Sterling.

Some thoughts on Saturdays dramatic 2-2 draw with Man City:

Some thoughts on Saturdays dramatic 2-2 draw with Man City:
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” (Danny Blanchflower)

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What an emotionally exhausting match it was on Saturday evening in Manchester, as Spurs fought back from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw against Man City. It was a game in which we were second best for the most part, we were off our usual pace, lacking in intensity and looked uncomfortable on the ball. However, Pochettino’s side showed resilience as well as a fighting spirit, to gain a valuable point that keeps us in the title race ahead of two winnable league fixtures, against Sunderland and Middlesbrough respectively. We were torn to shreds by Pep Guardiola’s side for a large chunk of the game, it was always a case of when, not if city would take the lead. City’s dominance was rewarded early in the second half, when they scored two goals in the space of five minutes, both goals coming as a result of two unfortunate errors from goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris. We were being kept out of the game by a very good side, but not a side that we couldn’t defeat. Despite our poor performance we showed just how strong a side we really are, as Dele Alli headed the ball into the back of the net on the hour mark, and Spurs were inspired. We battled out the last half an hour showing great determination and courage, we were still second best. However, we had a go, we were fearless going forward. The introduction of Son provided much needed pace down the flanks, and 13 minutes from time Son scored what would eventually be the equaliser.

We had been second best and I’m not sure many would have backed us to get back into the game after being 2-0 down, but we did it! We sit third in the table after wins from Arsenal and Chelsea extended the gap at the top of the table. The truth of the matter is, that Man City deserved to the win the game, they dominated possession and had seven shots on goal to our two. Yesterday’s draw was a bonus point, I wonder if the match will be yet another turning point in our season and with winnable fixtures ahead, that point could prove to be imperative come the end of the season. I’m hoping Alderweireld’s injury is nothing to worry about, the Belgian centre back was immense whilst he was on the field, he saved us from being further behind. It is clear that Wimmer struggled yesterday, being taken off at half time. Wimmer has been lacking in game time but I’m hopeful that he will become sharper in the coming games. Finally, I’ve got to mention the impact that Son had on yesterday’s game, his pace and desire to go forward was clear to see. His composed finish from inside the penalty area was the reason we came back with a point. This team have a real hunger for success, despite salvaging a dramatic point the players were downbeat, they wanted to win! COYS

 

My man of the match: For me it has to be Danny Rose. Rose put his body on the line as he made some vital interceptions, including a world class challenge on Raheem Sterling in the Tottenham penalty area. As courageous as ever, Rose took a right clattering on many an occasion, his power and skill going to show just how good of a player he is.
One of the highlights of playing Man City away, their wonderful tunnel cam: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc2DDKQImBY

Spurs versus Man City: Can we do the double over Pep’s side?

Spurs versus Man City: Can we do the double over Pep’s side?

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Spurs have won seven matches on the trot and Mauricio Pochettino’s confident side are starting to show signs that they could better their third placed finish of last season. This evening they come up against Pep Guardiola’s side, at the Etihad stadium, a team which Pochettino’s side beat 2-0 at the Lane back in October. Although Guardiola’s side have failed to live up to the high expectations thus far, the sky blues are a team of undeniable quality. Their 4-0 dismantling at the hands of Everton last weekend, was probably the worst thing that could have happened for Spurs ahead of Saturday evenings match. I know for a fact that Guardiola’s side will be no where near as open as they were at Goodison park on Sunday. Although we can most certainly expose their defensive vulnerability, city are likely to be much more defensive this evening. However they present one of the most dangerous attacks in the league, with the likes of Agüero, De Bruyne and David Silva likely to send a shiver down the spine of the Spurs defence.

Pochettino will be relishing the challenge ahead, and us Spurs fans will not be lacking in belief ahead of this evenings game and I’m sure the players won’t be either. Can we do the double over one of the leagues most talented sides? Of course we can this is the best Spurs side of the last few decades, I needn’t state the obvious that this side are special but at the same time it’s suiting our players that there is not a great deal of hype. I’ll make a bold prediction that the lads will run out 3-1 winners this evening, I think it’s going to be another fantastic attacking display. with Eriksen and Kane at the heart of it. COYS

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My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

An interesting read: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/20/mauricio-pochettino-tottenham-perfection-manchester-city

Samuel Shashoua: A bright future

Samuel Shashoua: A bright future

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A player who is one of my favourites in the Spurs academy, is 17 year old attacking midfielder Samuel Shashoua, Shashoua’s performances for our under 18’s side this season, have been nothing less than superb. I have seen Shashoua play on many occasions this season, predominantly in the under 18’s side, and every time I have been thoroughly impressed with his performances. A second year scholar, Shashoua has been one of the most influential players in the under 18’s side over the past two seasons, with ten goals and 11 assists to his name, in the current season. The attacking midfielder who has represented England at youth level, can operate on both wings, as well as playing behind the striker from time to time. Originally from west London, Shashoua has been part of the Spurs academy for many years. His brother Armando is also on Spurs’s books, playing for the under 16’s side. Shashoua has already made his debut for the under 23’s side, when he started against Chelsea at Stamford bridge, back in September.

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Style of play: Shashoua is very much a creative force, he may not posses an exceptional amount of pace but he has fantastic ball control. His trickery and skill making him a tough opponent to come up against on the wing. Shashoua’s awareness and vision are one of his greatest assets, whilst his ability to thread a fine pass through to the striker, is first rate. It was a bitterly cold November morning in New Malden, when our under 18’s side faced Fulham at the cottagers training ground. I was in attendance that morning, to see John McDermott’s side grind out a well deserved 1-0 victory, with Shashoua getting the winner from the penalty spot late on in the match. It was a top performance from the winger, he was constantly running at the Fulham defence,constantly looking to create. And it’s his creativity which is such an impressive part of his game, he has a footballing brain and shows a great understanding of the game at such a young age. Shashoua was the hardest worker on the field that day, his weaving runs causing the Fulham defence much bother. Shashoua covers a vast amount of ground like first team star Christian Eriksen, he likes to press. I remember last year I done a short interview with Samuel, where he said that his biggest footballing inspiration is Lionel Messi and I can see why. I’m by no means comparing him to Messi, but he runs with the ball in the same style as Messi, with trickery being such a big part of his game. In my opinion, Shashoua is a Pochettino player, he may not have received the same amount of hype as Marcus Edwards, but he is a very talented player. He’s such an exciting prospect!

 
The Eriksen factor: I don’t know whether Shashoua models his game on the Denmark international, but he really reminds me of Eriksen. Like Eriksen he is a very intelligent player who is the creative source within a game. Shashoua’s also a good set piece taker, and like Eriksen he has the ability to send a perfectly measured pass through to the striker. Christian Eriksen, is the senior player he most reminds me of in terms of style. Shashoua has got an impressive 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season, out of 22 games Shashoua has been involved in 21 goals across the various youth levels that he has played in this season, a seriously impressive statistic.

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The future: Shashoua is only 17 years of age, there’s a tough long journey ahead of him, but I really believe that he has the ability to become a top player for us in the coming seasons. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the under 23’s side next season, which will be a great opportunity for him to showcase his talents at a higher level. He has a great attitude and a good work ethic, it’s an exciting few years ahead for the academy prospect and his one of many that I have high hopes for. COYS

Some thoughts on Saturdays spectacular win over West Brom:

Some thoughts on Saturdays spectacular win over West Brom:

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Saturdays victory over West Brom was a sight to behold, Spurs tore a normally structured West Brom side to shreds, playing some of the finest football that the Lane has seen in years. It was an absolute privilege to be at the Lane on Saturday, I witnessed some of the best football I have ever seen down the Lane. The first 45 minutes of football was breathtaking, Spurs were flawless, the intensity of their play and the way in which they moved the ball around, was magical. We were two up within 25 minutes courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and an own goal from Gareth McAuley, the minute Eriksen’s heavily deflected effort hit the back of the net, was the exact moment that we knew we had deflated West Brom, and that the game was effectively settled. After putting in a superb first half performance where we led by two goal to nil, the team came out for the second half, and did not rest on their laurels. Spurs reduced their intensity in the second half, but they didn’t once lose their concentration, as Kane grabbed two goals late on to get his third league hat-trick in a Spurs shirt. Kane’s third goal was special, Alli lofted a beautiful pass inside the area, which went over the defender and in front of Kane, who calmly volleyed the ball home with a precise finish, a truly spectacular goal worth rewatching, time and time again!

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We now sit in second place in the table, seven points behind league leaders Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are maturing and showing many positive signs that will be exciting the Spurs supporters ahead of such a crucial part of the season. If I were to individually rate our players performances from Saturdays match then I would award every single player a rating of 10, so was the flawlessness of the performance that I could actually sit in my seat and relax and appreciate the performance as if it were a piece of cinema. Harry Kane was fantastic against the Baggies, he was so clinical and alert, it was without doubt one of his most complete performances of the season. However, the player who was my man of the match was Christian Eriksen. I thought that Eriksen was outstanding and that he was the most influential player on the field in my eyes. Eriksen dazzled at the Lane, his movement and vision was something else, the Denmark international registered two assists against West Brom, taking his league total for the season, up to 8. Moussa Dembele also played exceptionally the Belgian, was an engine in the midfield he simply overwhelmed the Baggies in the centre of the park. I could go on and on about the fantastic individual performances that were seen on Saturday. The only downside on Saturday, was the potentially serious ankle injury that Jan Vertonghen suffered, I’m hoping it’s not as worse as first feared though, his been immense this season.

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The question that will be popping up now in the media, will be can Spurs challenge for the league? Well, Mauricio Pochettino certainly thinks so! “We have more belief now and we are much better than last season. We have nine more points than we had at at this stage of last season [after 21 games]”. After Manchester City’s 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday, Pochettino’s side will be relishing the opportunity to do the double over Guardiola’s side. Talk of us winning the title may be too premature, but personally I believe that we have a good chance to silence the doubters. Bring on Saturday! COYS

Spurs v West Brom: (match preview)

Spurs v West Brom: (match preview)

Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Saturday 14 January KO: 12:30pm
Live: Sky Sports 1
Head2Heads: 1-1, 1-1, 1-1, 3-0 Spurs, 1-0 West Brom.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.

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This afternoon Spurs face West Brom in a 12:30pm kick off at the Lane, Pochettino’s side have been in great form of late playing some great football, as well as they were during their peak last season. We’ve won our last six matches in all competitions and the squad are brimming with confidence. However, we face West Brom who have become a bit of a bogey team to us over the past few seasons, we’ve only beaten the Baggies once in our last five meetings, and our last three matches have all ended in 1-1 draws. I think West Brom are one of the most structured sides in the league and also one of the most underrated. There doing well in the league this season and are going to be very tough to break down, expect a long game. COYS⚽️

Team news: Only one absentee, as Erik Lamela is ruled out for today’s game, Pochettino said that his still a week away from full fitness.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Dembele, Wanyama, Rose, Eriksen, Alli,Kane.

Welcome back: Former Spurs man Nacer Chadli.

My score prediction: 2-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Kane and Sissoko.

One to watch: In form midfielder, Matt Phillips.

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